Monday, October 13, 2014

Meet and Greet for Ray Powell for Commissioner of Public Lands, New Mexico

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I rushed from my Red Hat event to pick up my husband, Doug, and head up the mountain to High Rolls, New Mexico to attend a Meet and Greet for Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell. This was held in the delightful mountain home of Dayna and Charles Bisbee. One really needs to know where they are going to find this lovely hideaway. We were happily greeted by their German Shepherd, Buddy.

Ray was there visiting with everyone individually before speaking to the group. He is a very unassuming man with eyes that twinkle and a ready smile. After hearing this man speak, I'm sure everyone in attendance was well aware of the steely determination and passion, behind those eyes and that gentle smile, that Ray has for this great state of New Mexico and the care of its land. He explained so much that we weren't aware of (Doug and I, being newcomers) regarding the trust and integrity needed to maintain the lands properly and to oversee that the funds in the millions of dollars therein produced get to the proper entities.

He also talked about how the Constitution of the State of New Mexico gave a massive amount of power to the position of Commissioner of Public Lands and how the wrong person could undermine the trust given them to do the right thing and basically make themselves rich before anyone else was the wiser. Ray had been Commissioner of Public Lands for eight years when his term ran out. He was happy to go back to the normal life with his wife. However, he stayed alert to what was going on around the state and when it became apparent to him that this position was being badly mishandled four years ago, he got back in the fight.

He can serve four more years before he must step aside again. We need to vote Ray Powell in for another four years. Hopefully, by that time someone will show up on the horizon who is deserving of this position.  We received quite a history lesson about the Statehood and Constitution of the State of New Mexico as Ray talked and we are extremely happy that we took the time to go meet him.

Thank you Dayna and Charles for inviting people into your lovely home to meet Ray Powell.

Ray Powell in deep discussion with Karen Hutchison
U/K gentleman on left. Right is Charles Bisbee
Ray talking with Carla Kerr
The Tularosa Basin can be seen all the way to the other side from the Bisbee veranda
Nadia Sikes talking with Mike Espiritu
Nadia and her husband, Aaron
Random group shot. People still arriving
Center: Ray Powell talking with Chris Jones, Linda Barker and Ellen Wedum
Carla must be making a point about something!
Ray Powell speaking to the group
Karen and Steve Haydu
Ray Powell
Linda Barker asking questions
Our hostess, Dayna with neighbor Peggy Holland
Ray listening as Nadia expounds on something
Chris Jones asking for clarification
Host Charles Bisbee talking with Ellen Wedum
L to R: Ray, Chris, Steve Brockett, Linda
Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for taking pictures of this event.

RHS New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter Gather at the Veenpere's

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society gathered at the Veenpere's home for a potluck luncheon and games. Thirteen members were in attendance at this beautiful home on the local golf course in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Plans were made for upcoming events including a "Meet and Greet" at the local mall on November 8, 2014 and dinner at the Elk's Lodge on December 11, 2014. Tickets have been bought and reservations have been made for the Turquoise and Silver Tea for October 19, 2014.

There were so many salads and desserts, I couldn't keep up with it all. Our hostess, Carmen, treated us to pizza which her husband Jerry picked up for us. Thanks to Jerry for taking pictures (I will get copies later) and for the pizza delivery.

We played "Farkle" out on the beautiful patio right on the golf course and the back yard which is just stunningly alive with flowers and plants of every description. Jerry is the gardener and he must have an amazing green thumb!

Jean Courtier was the only birthday girl in attendance and we serenaded her on our kazoos and presented her with a little red hat and a card. Birthday cards were mailed to Lorraine and Esperanza.

Darla and Marian getting a fast lesson on the rules of "Farkle"
L to R: Rosemary (former queen of a former RHS Chapter), Dorothy E., and Darla
L to R: Donna, Alice and Margie discussing the rules
L to R: Dorothy S., Jean and Donna
Melissa and our hostess, Carmen
Jean switching out her purple beret for the new red hat
Jean's official birthday photo
We had a great time playing "Farkle" and there was a lot of discussion and laughter going on. Wherever there are Red Hatters, you will always hear yakking and laughter!

This is all I have to say for now.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Busy Wednesday October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

At 1:00 p.m., I went with Linda Barker to the home of Donna and Jeff Swanson for a "Meet and Greet" for Mariaelena Johnson running for New Mexico State Representative of District 53. I am not in her district, but went to give her moral support for her campaign. She is an amazing woman and very passionate about giving great service and representation to her constituents.

A number of people were in attendance and enjoyed delicious food provided by the hosts. Afterward, we took a short walk to visit their animals. They have horses, donkeys, goats, a cow and a bull (T-Bone is the bull's name) who is about to visit the butcher. He looked extremely healthy! They also have guinea hens and chickens and huge tomato vines covered in blossoms. I hated that I forgot my camera because I especially love taking pictures of critters!

At 4:00 p.m., upon arriving home from the "Meet and Greet", my husband, Doug, and I drove to our local fire station for their open house. It is Alamogordo Fire Station #4 and a young fireman named Andy took us on a tour of the station and explained all the parts of the fire truck. It was evident that he was quite knowledgeable and proud to be a fireman.

Alamogordo Fire Station #4 with a truck from #6 in the driveway driven by a fireman who came to assist with the open house

Andy had been doing inventory of all the equipment
A mother was there with her two children exploring the fire truck
Carla with Andy in front of the fire truck
As we were leaving we happened to look up to see a sailplane (glider) being towed
At 5:00 p.m. Carla went to the National Education Association (NEA) meeting at Pepper's Restaurant where Mariaelena Johnson and Senator William P. Soules gave speeches regarding their thoughts on the upcoming election and the state of the education system in New Mexico. There was an excellent attendance by educators as well as other politicos.

Senator Soules talked about various remarks by Governor Martinez and refuted a number of declarations she has made about her achievements in the state education system and saving the tax payers money. It is always interesting to get the whole story and not just the one part they want you to believe. Senator Soules is an excellent speaker and, being an educator as well, is quite serious about the situation in the state government concerning education and teachers.

Mariaelena Johnson running for representative of District 53 also spoke about education and what is happening in the schools from a Hispanic point of view. She too is an eloquent speaker and feels strongly about the education snafu with Ms. Skandera at the helm although her appointment as such has not been recognized in the Round House.

Mariaelena Johnson
Unidentified gentleman in conversation with Nadia Sikes, DPOC Chair
Stephanie DuBois who seems to be everywhere
I was so engrossed in Senator Soules' speech I forgot to take a picture. When I asked him to pose, he asked someone to take a picture of the two of us.
By the time this day was over, I was ready for the couch. But, my participation was well worthwhile on all counts.

This is all I have to say for now.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Birds of a Feather and Voter Registration in Mescalero, New Mexico

October 3, 2014

I just happened to glance out my patio glass door where I saw these delightful little birds frolicking in the bird bath and it was too cute to pass up photographing.

Not sure of the proper name for these little birds, but they seem to be having a grand time
Isn't nature wonderful!
This bathing went on for quite some time
We must have the cleanest birds around the area

October 4, 2014

I drove up to the Mescalero Apache Reservation not far from Alamogordo, New Mexico to join some good folks to do voter registration. It was a windy day and we sat outside their Tribal Store in the sun. I didn't exactly go prepared to sit outside and the result was some amount of sunburn on my face and both arms. At least it isn't severe. Oddly enough, most of the people we talked to were already registered and I, out of all the registrars there, only registered one new voter. We had fun visiting anyway.

Stephanie DuBois, who is running for a seat on the Otero County Commission, kept us entertained with tales of campaigning and results of same. Seriously, she is running for the job in District 2 so if you live in that district and want great representation, vote for Stephanie DuBois on November 4, 2014.

L to R: Stephen DuBois (Stephanie's 93 years young father) a veteran of Pearl Harbor, Stephanie, and Jeni Alexander

L to R: Stephen, Stephanie, Jeni and Carla Kerr

L to R: Stephen, Stephanie, Jeni and Carla (Photo by: Nadia Sikes)

L to R: Chris Jones, Linda Barker and Alamogordo City Commissioner Nadia Sikes

We talked to a lot of people as there was good traffic at the Tribal Store. One lady sent her husband over to our table to inquire if we were selling turquoise. We got a kick out of that and yes, he was registered already!  An Indian man had a little dog following him that was limping along on three legs. We asked him what happened to the dog and he said someone cut off her paw. Strange!!!

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the RHS Luncheon

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico gathered at their Queen's home for a potluck luncheon and viewing DVD's of previous RHS International Conventions. Queen Ladybird (Carla) also related happenings at the most recent convention held in San Francisco this past August. Two of the big highlights of this convention was entertainment by Dana Carvey and Gladys Knight. 

Carla also talked about the latest book she is writing about her Cherokee ancestors and read from a past book just to give them a flavor of the stories in her historical fiction tales about these long ago relatives.

Miss Kitty's Social Club was discussed as the next official "Hoedown" will be in Durango, Colorado in August, 2015.  It promises to be just too much fun and we are hopeful of several being able to attend.

Luncheon consisted of a huge pot of Taco Soup prepared by the hostess along with a large iron skillet of corn bread. Members brought salads and desserts to round out the bill of fare.

We only had one birthday in September, Darla Shelley, and she was serenaded by members playing Happy Birthday on their kazoos (the official musical instrument of the RHS).

Margie, who loves to decorate her hats
The lovely Carmen wearing her colors proudly
Queen Ladybird (Carla) listening intently
Carla introducing a newly blinged-up chapter mascot to Carmen
Margie and Alice in deep discussion
Our delightful Vice Queen Penny
The members listening to Carla as she shows one of her gifts from the convention
Jean, our world traveler, just back from Paris, France
Carla describing Beach Blanket Babylon, the country's longest running musical
More reporting on the RHS International Convention in San Francisco
Carmen preparing fresh shrimp while Carla watches
I have no idea what is so funny! L to R: Carla, Jean and Penny
It suddenly became very quiet
Birthday girl at end of table in purple hat, Darla, being kazoo'ed
Carla presenting Darla with a special birthday gift
Darla couldn't wait to put it on. You can bet next time we see it, it will be much adorned
Carla, reading to members from one of her published books
It was a delightful get together and we had lots of time to visit and get better acquainted. We are all very much looking forward to October and the Flickinger Theater Guild Turquoise and Silver Tea.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photographer for taking all the pictures.  He was well paid with Taco Soup and dessert!

This is all I have to say for now.